Skip to comments.So how do preppers sew?
Posted on 08/20/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by djf
Just got one at a yard sale.
In very, very good condition, has all the parts, I may need to order some needles.
Tracked the serno to a manufacture date of 1941.
This one isn't mine but has exact same appearance, same number of drawers, etc.
So how do preppers sew?
Foot power, baby!
Now all I gotta do is figure out how to use it!
I got some school clothes that need hemming.
Keewl... that’s just like what I learned to sew on at my greatest grandma’s in the late 50’s
What a great find. Something that could realy lead to a good post shtf business. No you just got to learn to use it!!!
Or, you can use it to put numerous pots of houseplants on.
(I don’t think I would qualify as a prepper...) I sew with my Kenmore machine I bought new in about 1976. It works like new, has never been serviced. I have actually used it a lot over the years, more before kids and after the kids were grown.
Gee, my mom isn’t a prepper, but she still has the 19th century Wheeler and Wilson that she sewed stuff on when I was a kid. It got to the point where she would make her own cables when they wore out.
My wife uses a Pffaf, guess when the power goes, we’ll have to just make do with needle and thread.
Mine can be run by hand when the power goes out. Not super-fast, but certainly better than needle and thread by candlelight.
That looks almost exactly like my Mom’s Singer, which she got for a wedding present in ‘54, except that Mom’s has an electric motor. It is an extremely good machine with attachments to do almost any type of stitch.
But will it fit in your pack? No
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I have an old one like that and some cheapie $19.95 Walmart junk and one or two of the handheld thingy’s.
Even have some button punchers and a couple of manual grommet makers. Got a nice fancy grommet maker but, no idea where I put it.
I also take those sewing kits from the hotels I stay at.
That guy that is building a castle out in woods has a old foot sewing machine in his bunker.
I had one for many years and loved it. I would give a lot to have it back.
“Mine can be run by hand when the power goes out.”
I learned to sew on a treadle Singer my Mom had. She made all my clothes until I went to college. One summer before graduating from high school, I took a Singer sewing course at their store and made a dress. I bought a Singer electric set in a French turned leg desk in about 1976 and made some of my clothes.
That fancy desk is about six steps from the chair I’m in now with the Singer inside. Just looking at the desk, wouldn’t know the machine is in there. I don’t know if it can be run by hand if power is out. I have the book for it, need to look at that.
In 1976, I would have never thought I needed to know if it would function by hand if necessary. Life was good in the 1970s-80s. No thought of the US crashing - no thought of a Marxist Muslim being president.
If you decide to electrify the sewing machine , they have a rheostat that will adjust the speed of the sewing needle .
Set it up so that you can operate the speed with your a lever at your knee .
That way you still have both hands on the working piece, and can still adjust the speed of the machine .
No plans to electrify it.
As with all antiques, the key is to leave it as original as possible.
Very, very large bonus to the deal is that it actually works, has the original leather rope type belt with it!
A neat PING.
The Bride owns four machines, in various states of repair; all of them are electrical, unfortunately. She gives sewing lessons as barter for other goods and services.
I have a regular electric one but the wheel can be manually turned so I’m counting on my husband to retrofit it to a treadle, it shouldn’t be too hard.
There are replacement machines for those who have the cabinet only.
Looks just like my Granny’s....many clothes were sewn on that old Singer of hers.
My Mom’s machine has a foot pedal that activates it and controls the speed according to how far it is pressed down. I was wondering how difficult it might be to convert the machine to an original manual foot treadle. I know I could fabricate something fairly easily but it would be slick to install and use an OE treadle.
Looks just like the one my Mom keeps trying to dump off onto me. :-)
One of my Singers. It's the latest addition. It is motorized, but it will run on DC as well as AC.
I learned to sew on a treadle type. I don't know how many I've repaired over the years. My last ex-wife collected them.
I made a coverlet/quilt thing out of my old military uniforms with one of the sewing machines.
LOL! Mine do better when under my plant light. My living room unfortunately gets an Eastern exposure, plus there are many large oak trees out front (what Sandy and the 2010 tornado left), so I had to supplement their light. Now they are growing like the proverbial weeds.
My grandmother had one that belonged to HER grandmother and now belongs to my sister. Best guess is that the machine was made in the 1880s or 1890s.
My dad was able to find a leather drive rope/belt at a little store in town that has been open for a jillion years.
I have my great grandmother’s and a bazillion attachments. The sales receipt is dated 1901. The story is the first thing made on it was a dress for a baby who had died and that she made several funeral dresses on it. I also have a beautiful christening gown she made for my granny. Four generations have had their pictures taken wearing it. I use my plain jane electric machine these days but could get the old Singer going if needed.
Know that machine well.Just has forward and reverse depending on how you use the treadle. If you post a close up of your machine I can help guide you through thread up. Hope you have bobbins, if not I am pretty sure they are still available. My grandmother had the same machine and mom mom had the electric version same machine. I have that one although I use a modern machine.
Johnny you are just Everyman, aren’t you!
I don’t think it is a Singer. I think it is a White.
I got one much like it too for the same reason.
In the ‘50s, my mom was piecing a quilt top on her old Singer treadle machine, and she was very pregnant with my brother. So I sat on one side of the machine and worked the treadle while she sat on the normal side doing the actual sewing. (The weird things you remember!!)
Apparently, new machines that don’t requir electricity are still being made — probably for the Amish, etc. Probably not a bad investment just to have on hand for SHTF.
Last Christmas, I made place mats for Miss I’m-in-College-and-Have-Stupid-Parents from her daddy’s uniforms and other memory-type fabrics. I thought they turned out very nice. I was wrong. Lead balloon.
You have what’s called a “Featherweight”. They are very popular with quilters.
Bet you are both.
I also have the repair and regulation books for it. That one was built in 1955.
Get a spare belt (or two).
Turns out that those were winter weight uniforms and that dang thing is both heavy and very warm.
Got one. Good machine.
I would love to have one of those machines!
OMG I have 2 of them. They are both foot pedal. I learned how to sew. You can lift the machine and gently place it inside the table. When you want to sew, just open the cover and lift a lid that holds the machine and pull it out and lower it.
One belonged to my mother and the other belonged to my grandmother. It stills works since it is manual there is no for electricity. However I wonder where can I get the belt to place on the wheel to make the needle move?
Seems like a lot of work. After the dust settles I’ll just steal the clothes out of dead peoples closets.
Looks like you need to get a drive belt. You can find the online for about $9 each. Get 2 along with extra “clips”. Get the “clip” tool also, makes it much easier to recut and shorten when it stretches. Also get an extra shuttle and lots of bobbins (they come in packs of 10).
I fixed one up for my wife and she loves that fact that it actually works.
Yer gonna make some woman a fine house husband someday Johnny ....:o)
That quilt is a great idea.... Up to my hips in old patches, insignia, BDU’s etc .... Got a cousin that’s a quilter. Got to go bribe her into making me one of those...LOL !
I was going to go with BDU on one side and DCU on the other, but it's just too dang hot and heavy for this part of the country.
I have had requests to make them for folks at my old unit.